Though I started this blog years ago, it was one year ago that I started posting regularly. This was partially inspired by Jeff Atwood's advice to post regularly. I have no idea how he regularly posted 6 times a week given that I have a hard time posting once a week. And I think that Syd (a commenter on that post) hits the nail on the head that there is more to being a popular blogger than just being reliable. However, being reliable is definitely a prerequisite.
So how have I done? Well, I missed two weeks in the past year. And I feel like I am struggling each week to keep up. However, Google Analytics shows that I've been at least a little bit successful. I've trended up pretty consistently since I started posting regularly.
100 page views a week is far from a popular blog. But it is a number that is high enough that I know that it isn't just me and my closest friends reading my blog. So that is some measure of success.
If you've been following my blog you've noticed that I have two different types of posts, my philosophical posts and my practical/tutorial posts. When I started this blog, my goal was to post primarily philosophical posts and to generate a discussion on each post. My secret goal was to learn more from my comments than I put into my posts. Unfortunately, so far, I don't get many comments, so that isn't working out. At some point I decided to also write tutorial type posts describing how I solved a specific problem. I've learned much from others who have posted what they know, so I feel I should give back. Based on Google Analytics, the majority of people who see my blog come to view these posts. Unfortunately, if the readers don't leave comments, I have no idea if what I posted was useful or just a waste of time. I can only hope that some people are finding it useful. Even more, I hope that some of these people become regular readers (and commenters) on my more philosophical posts. I am the eternal optimist and still hope to achieve my original goal.
Of course, to accomplish that, I need to continue Jeff Atwood's advice and post regularly. While I have plenty of ideas, it is somewhat daunting to me to actually turn those ideas into posts each week. Well, here's hoping that next August I get to bore you all with another post like this.